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118th Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Strategy Gaps Need To Be Plugged

Entrepreneurship - 03 March 2012

118th Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Strategy Gaps Need To Be Plugged

During today’s roundtable, we worked with four entrepreneurs. QuickAirLink.com First, Bob Sacco from El Dorado Hills, California, and David Wolkin, pitchedQuickAirLink.com, a visual search engine for air travel that directs travelers to the airline sites for actual bookings. In an intensely crowded market, QuickAirLink aims to differentiate itself by handing over most of the complexity [...]


Roundtable Recap: February 23 – Microsoft Israel To Offer 1M/1M Scholarships

Entrepreneurship - 25 February 2012

Roundtable Recap: February 23 – Microsoft Israel To Offer 1M/1M Scholarships

During today’s roundtable, we announced that Microsoft Israel will be offering 1M/1M scholarships to Israeli entrepreneurs. On Monday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. IST, Microsoft Israel and Israel Startup Network will be co-hosting a 1M/1M roundtable for entrepreneurs at Microsoft in Raanana, Israel. Up to ten entrepreneurs will be selected to pitch their businesses to me, [...]


115th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are You Fundable?

Entrepreneurship - 11 February 2012

115th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are You Fundable?

Today’s roundtable had a couple of interesting businesses, but before I get to them, I want to underscore that entrepreneurs MUST gauge fundability before assuming that they can build their businesses by raising money. We’re getting this question constantly: Can 1M/1M help us raise money? This short video addresses that question: Now, let’s get to [...]


Catherine Cook, MyYearbook Founder On Building, Runing, And Then Selling The Company [Interview]

Interviews - 05 February 2012

Catherine Cook, MyYearbook Founder On Building, Runing, And Then Selling The Company [Interview]

Catherine Cook is the founder of MyYearbook.com, the social network that helps people meet others through social games. What makes this story special is that Catherine started the company when she was a teen and has run it ever since. Back during 2011′s Global Entrepreneurship Week, we interviewed her and asked “What’s it like? Being [...]


114th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: YCombinator vs. 1M/1M

Entrepreneurship - 05 February 2012

114th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: YCombinator vs. 1M/1M

Today’s roundtable, as usual, was an international affair, with entrepreneurs presenting from different parts of the US, India, Israel, and many other geographies. Before I share what we heard from them today, I want to highlight an important aspect of 1M/1M that is repeatedly underscored in these roundtables: the international, inclusive, democratic nature of the [...]


Ben Wagner On Building LifeKraze, Where People Track How They Live Life [Interview]

Interviews - 03 February 2012

Ben Wagner On Building LifeKraze, Where People Track How They Live Life [Interview]

Ben Wagner is the founder behind LifeKraze, a website that asks “What have you done?” Another social network? Maybe, but this one is unique because you are awarded points for doing “stuff” and then redeem them for things you actually want. This was a really fun interview with Ben. He’s a real funny guy. What [...]


The Other 99% Of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship - 30 January 2012

The Other 99% Of Entrepreneurs

In my recent piece Reengineering Capitalism I highlighted a phenomenon that the global entrepreneurship ecosystem is paying very little attention to: Over 99% of entrepreneurs who seek funding get rejected. Yet, the entire world is focused on the 1% that is “fundable.” The media, when pitched a startup story, is interested in who funded the [...]


We Stopped #SOPA (For Now), But Here’s How It Would Have Killed Your Business

Entrepreneurship - 23 January 2012

We Stopped #SOPA (For Now), But Here’s How It Would Have Killed Your Business

There’s a lot of news surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA in the last couple of months. It’s aim was to expand the ability to fight online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property. It’s measures, however were extreme. The vote for the bill would be have been today but has been postponed due to [...]


112th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are Media Sites Fundable?

Entrepreneurship - 21 January 2012

112th 1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are Media Sites Fundable?

Today’s roundtable brought some core issues up for debate regarding media startups that are focusing largely on Content and Community features and expecting to get funded. So, I would like to take some time to offer a broad overview on the topic and some pointers to entrepreneurs who are making the assumption that you can raise $500,000 [...]


13 Things Entrepreneurs Will Succeed At

Entrepreneurship - 16 January 2012

13 Things Entrepreneurs Will Succeed At

Did anyone else feel sick after reading the article on Tech Crunch on why entrepreneurs will fail? Ok, I admit it’s true but where’s the other side of it? Are we so jaded that we have become pessimist instead of the optimist that we were when we first started our businesses? I already have enough [...]